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Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates set point during his Gentlemen's Singles semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia. (July 6, 2012)

Wimbledon men's champions since 1968

A look at each winner of the Wimbledon men's singles title since the open era began in 1968.

ROD LAVER - 1968-69 Australia Laver won the
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ROD LAVER - 1968-69
Australia

Laver won the first two Open era Wimbledon championships on his way to a record-setting 200 singles title. He defeated fellow Australians Tony Roche and John Newcombe in 1968 and ’69, respectively.

JOHN NEWCOMBE - 1970-71 Australia Newcombe’s back-to-back
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JOHN NEWCOMBE - 1970-71
Australia

Newcombe’s back-to-back titles concluded a four-year stretch of Australian dominance at the All England Club. Newcombe won both titles in five-set marathons.

STAN SMITH - 1972 United States Smith was
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STAN SMITH - 1972
United States

Smith was the first non-Australian winner of Wimbledon. He also won the US Open in 1971. Smith is best known for his line of Adidas tennis sneakers.

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JAN KODES - 1973 Czech Republic The Czech’s
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JAN KODES - 1973
Czech Republic

The Czech’s title comes with an asterisk: 13 of the world’s top 16 players and 81 players total boycotted the tournament because Yugoslavian Nikola Pilic was banned from competing.

JIMMY CONNORS - 1974, '82 United States The
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JIMMY CONNORS - 1974, '82
United States

The brash American won two Wimbledon Championships eight years apart. Connors, who was ranked number one for 268 weeks during his career, is one of six men to have won three Grand Slam titles in a single year, a feat he accomplished in 1974. In addition to his two titles, Connors was runner-up four times.

ARTHUR ASHE - 1975 United States Ashe defeated
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ARTHUR ASHE - 1975
United States

Ashe defeated fellow American and the defending champion Jimmy Connors in four sets to claim his only Wimbledon title, and the final Grand Slam title of his career.

BJORN BORG - 1976-80 Sweden The Swede won
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BJORN BORG - 1976-80
Sweden

The Swede won five consecutive Wimbledon titles despite getting forced to a fifth set three different times. Bjorg defeated Jimmy Connors twice and John McEnroe once during his five-year reign over Wimbledon.

JOHN MCENROE - 1981, '83-'84 United States In
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JOHN MCENROE - 1981, '83-'84
United States

In 1981, Johnny Mac defeated five-time defending champion Bjorn Borg in four sets to capture his first Wimbledon crown. He’d go on to win two more Wimbledon titles, including in 1984 when he beat rival Jimmy Connors in straight sets.

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BORIS BECKER - 1985-86,'89 Germany
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BORIS BECKER - 1985-86,'89
Germany

"Boom Boom" Boris made the Wimbledon final six out of seven years from 1985-1991. He managed to win three titles, including in 1985 when he became the tournament’s youngest champion at 18 years old.

PAT CASH - 1987 Australia Pat Cash’s only
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PAT CASH - 1987
Australia

Pat Cash’s only Grand Slam title came at the expense of Ivan Lendl. Lendl was seeking to complete the career Grand Slam, but was defeated in straight sets by Cash in the final.

STEFAN EDBERG - 1988, '90 Sweden In 1988,
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STEFAN EDBERG - 1988, '90
Sweden

In 1988, Edberg defeated rival Boris Becker in four sets to win his first Wimbledon title. After losing to Becker in the 1989 final, Edberg came back and defeated him in five sets in the 1990 final for his second championship.

MICHAEL STICH - 1991 Germany Stich defeated German
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MICHAEL STICH - 1991
Germany

Stich defeated German countryman Boris Becker in straight sets to win his lone Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

ANDRE AGASSI - 1992 United States Agassi won
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ANDRE AGASSI - 1992
United States

Agassi won eight career Grand Slam titles, but just one Wimbledon in 1992 when he defeated Goran Ivanisevic in five sets. Agassi made one other final in 1999, but fell to rival Pete Sampras in three sets.

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PETE SAMPRAS - 1993-'95,'97-2000 United States Sampras had
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PETE SAMPRAS - 1993-'95,'97-2000
United States

Sampras had the most dominant Wimbledon run, winning seven titles in eight years from 1993 to 2000, and never losing in the finals. During that stretch, Sampras was taken to five sets just once: by Goran Ivanisevic in 1998.

RICHARD KRAJICEK - 1996 Netherlands The Ducthman’s lone
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RICHARD KRAJICEK - 1996
Netherlands

The Ducthman’s lone Grand Slam title came in between Pete Sampras’ dominant reign over the tournament. In the quarterfinals, Krajicek shocked Sampras in straight sets. It was the lone Grand Slam final appearance of his career.

GORAN IVANISEVIC - 2001 Croatia In 2001, the
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GORAN IVANISEVIC - 2001
Croatia

In 2001, the heavy-serving Croatian finally broke through to win his first – and only – Wimbledon title after three runners-up. Ivanisevic defeated Patrick Rafter 9-7 in the fifth set of the final.

LLEYTON HEWITT - 2002 Australia The top-seeded Aussie
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LLEYTON HEWITT - 2002
Australia

The top-seeded Aussie defeated David Nalbandian in three sets to win his second career Grand Slam title (US Open in 2001). He was the ATP player of the year in 2002.

ROGER FEDERER - 2003-07,'09, '12 Switzerland Federer won
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ROGER FEDERER - 2003-07,'09, '12
Switzerland

Federer won five straight Wimbledon titles from 2003-07. In 2008, he lost a five-set final to Rafael Nadal , but rebounded to win his sixth Wimbledon the following year by beating Andy Roddick 16-14 in the fifth set of the final. After falling short in back-to-back championships, Federer defeated Andy Murray in the 2012 final in four sets.

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RAFAEL NADAL - 2008, '10 Spain The clay
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RAFAEL NADAL - 2008, '10
Spain

The clay maestro won his first of two Wimbledon titles in 2008 by defeating Roger Federer in a five-set match that included a 9-7 fifth-set victory. Nadal had a much easier final in 2010 when he defeated Tomas Berdych in straight sets.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC - 2011 Serbia In his first
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NOVAK DJOKOVIC - 2011
Serbia

In his first final appearance, the Djoker defeated Rafael Nadal in four sets. In 2011, the Serbian won three Grand Slam titles, just falling short at the French Open.

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